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10:50 PM ET Dan Hooker kissed his daughter, hugged his wife Isabella and went down the front row embracing his teammates. As he walked toward backstage, he let out two loud roars. With a badly swollen jaw late in a pivotal career fight, Hooker was able to stave off an incredibly game Paul Felder with
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10:24 PM ET AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has hit out at Yoel Romero‘s failure to travel to New Zealand to promote UFC 248 and promised to make the Cuban cry when the duo face off inside the Octagon in Las Vegas on March 7. Appearing on stage Saturday at Auckland’s Spark
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2:31 PM ET The UFC has added an accomplished name to its heavyweight division. Philipe Lins, the former PFL champion, has signed a deal with the promotion and he will fight former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, sources confirmed with ESPN. The Oklahoman was first to report the
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1:29 AM ET Dan Hooker and Paul Felder wasted no time making their main-event fight official. Hooker and Felder were the first and second fighters on the scale, respectively, at the UFC Auckland official weigh-ins Friday in New Zealand. Both made weight for their pivotal lightweight matchup, which acts as the card’s headliner. Hooker came
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5:42 PM ET An intriguing middleweight bout is getting uprooted and placed on a new card. The bout between top prospect Edmen Shahbazyan and Derek Brunson will be moving from UFC 248 to UFC Portland, UFC officials confirmed with ESPN on Thursday. Shahbazyan had tweeted about a potential relocation earlier in the day. UFC Portland
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3:33 PM ET Brazilian light heavyweights Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will meet for the third time at UFC 250 on May 9 in Brazil, UFC president Dana White told ESPN. The UFC 250 pay-per-view is scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera. The UFC has not yet
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8:30 PM ET Dominant UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will look to defend her title next against Joanne Calderwood at UFC 251 on June 6, multiple sources told ESPN. Both sides have agreed to the 125-pound championship fight, per sources. The UFC has not finalized a location or venue just yet, although sources say it
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1:31 PM ET UFC prospect Grant Dawson still has to clear some hurdles before he can compete in the promotion’s home state. The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted Wednesday to impose a six-month drug-testing period on Dawson before it will grant him a license to fight. Dawson, who has had a recurring issue with a
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10:50 PM ET Jared Cannonier‘s hopes for a middleweight title shot in 2020 are on hold. The UFC contender suffered a torn left pectoral muscle earlier this month and had successful surgery to repair it on Tuesday, his manager, Lou DiBono of First Round Management, told ESPN. Cannonier announced the injury last week on social
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10:50 PM ET AUCKLAND, New Zealand — UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski laughed off Henry Cejudo‘s comments about a potential title showdown, saying Wednesday he would “squash” the current bantamweight title holder. Cejudo (15-2) last week called out Brazilian veteran Jose Aldo and Volkanovski as the fighters on his wish list for 2020, despite the
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5:36 PM ET The top mixed martial arts promotion in Asia will run its next major event with no fans in attendance. ONE Championship fighters competing at ONE: King of the Jungle on Feb. 28 in Singapore will do so in an empty arena, company CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Monday on Facebook. The decision is
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